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CLEVELAND — The National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) will welcome 11 new members into its Candy Hall of Fame, one of whom belongs to the convenience store channel.
Rutter’s Holdings Inc. President and CEO Scott Hartman will become a member of the Candy Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have dedicated their careers to giving back for the overall benefit of the confectionery industry.
To be eligible for the Candy Hall of Fame, nominees must be at least 50 years of age and have worked in the business for more than 20 years. Individuals from all spectrums are considered for the award, including scientists, manufacturers, salespeople, brokers, retail confectioners, suppliers and wholesalers.
The other 10 honorees are:
- Peter Blommer, Blommer Chocolate Co.
- Rick Brindle, Mondelez International Inc.
- Sara Clair, Brown & Haley
- Ray Cote, American Chocolate Mould Co.
- Basant Dwivedi, The Promotion in Motion Cos. Inc.
- Mary Beth Geraci, Carlin-Group
- Richard Hartel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Rob Nelson, Elmer Chocolate
- Dave Taiclet, 1-800-Flowers.com/Fannie May Confections
- Mary Villa, URM Stores Inc.
An induction ceremony will take place Oct. 14 as part of the Candy Hall of Fame weekend, which will take place during the NCSA 118th Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Place, Oct. 13-15, in Tampa, Fla.
A gala dinner will precede the induction ceremony and feature audio/visual presentations highlighting the honorees’ professional and personal lives.
Based in Cleveland, The National Confectionery Sales Association formed in 1899 and is dedicated to furthering the positive growth and acceptance of confectionery products, and recognizing the achievements of category leaders from all sectors of the international industry.
The Candy Hall of Fame was founded in 1971 and recognizes lifetime career achievements in the confectionery industry, with induction based on dedication to the overall betterment of the industry.
Rutter’s Holdings Inc. is parent company to Rutter’s Farm Stores. Headquartered in York, Pa., Rutter’s is a family-owned c-store chain operating more than 60 locations throughout central Pennsylvania.